I wasn’t going to write about Proud Mary.
However, after a full night of Proud Mary dreams I know I can’t keep avoiding the truth.
In my dreams the entire cast kept running into each other. They slipped and slid all over my home, and they bumped heads frequently. I woke up in a sweat. The scenes in my dream were as awful as the movie, and I wish I could say otherwise.
First, let me assure you (not that you need it) that Taraji can act. Okay? And it is a sad and unfortunate thing that she and Billy Brown were the only ones that did their jobs in the film. Even sadder, I had an inkling two minutes into the movie that it was going to suck. Still, I held on because I believe in Black people and I wanted Proud Mary to be better than great.
Great wasn’t what I got.
Since Saturday though, I’ve been trying to figure out what made the movie so god-awful.
- The horrible Russian accents?
- The young child that Mary (Taraji) swears to protect, who can’t act to save his life?
- Danny Glover (I thought we were leaving him where we found him after 2012)?
- Pacing and how certain scenes didn’t make sense at all?
- The horrible scoring/bad theme music?
Questions that need answers.
Shortly after the movie ended I thought I was alone in my confusion, despair, and irritation. And yet, after one look at my husband’s face-palm and his inability to get up from his seat, I was hit with a bout of laughter for minutes. No matter what I did, I couldn’t stop.
Was this a bad omen?
Here we were, having our first date night of 2018 and it felt like a complete waste.
It was sad as hell, but funny.
I don’t pretend to know all it takes to make a movie, but with a 14 million dollar budget, this girl wants to know what in the hell did the Proud Mary directors and producers do with all of that money?
Was it to pay Taraji? (She deserves it), because the movie’s budget certainly wasn’t used to make the film any good.
However, I want Taraji to get all the coins.
Because despite what she had to work with, she did her best.
Not only that though, but white actresses and actors appear in horrible mediocre films all of the time, and they break the bank. But Taraji really does have skill. In all of her movies and shows, it’s evident that she cares about her craft and performance. It’s also clear that she is a professional. And so despite how awful Proud Mary was—you will still find me hollering from the rooftops:
Run Taraji P. Henson her check!
Her solo scenes were the bomb and I could watch her run, shoot, and do her assassin thang all day. In fact, I believe she needs an I Am Legend film. We’ve seen in Proud Mary that she can carry a movie all on her own, so let’s put her in a city by herself with zombies and a dog and watch her do the damn thing.
In all, despite how disappointing Proud Mary was, I’m happy that we supported her. Besides, every actress and actor has that one film we all wish they didn’t. Just as we all have that one thing we can’t undo and instead have had to learn from.
If you’re on the fence about the movie after reading this or any other reviews, I still say buy a ticket for the culture, even if you don’t see the film. Or, go watch the movie if you’re still curious, or gift a ticket to someone else. Maybe someone you hate? (I kid).
But really though, the fact that there was a Black woman lead in an action film, after all these years, is a wondrous thing. And again, despite how I feel about Proud Mary, I’m happy I gave my support.
Maybe it’s my inner Issa,
or I’m just a sucker for Taraji or both?
How about you Wordies?
Has anyone else seen the film? What did you think?